|Musical leader: Rocker and drummer Trần Nhã of the band Da Vàng, one of the country’s most popular rock bands, passed away at 46 in HCM City.—Photo.tienphong.online|Viet Nam News
HCM City — Rocker and drummer Trần Nhã of the band Da Vàng (Yellow Skin), one of the region’s most popular rock bands, died on December 1 in HCM City at the age of 46. The cause was an unspecified illness.
Nhã, who began his career in the 1990s, and the four members of Da Vàng played cover songs of the Eagles and Beatles and later began to compose Vietnamese rock music.
In 2000, the band’s first album, SOS, featured nine songs about social problems, and was well-received by the public.
Nhã and his band worked hard for years to become more professional and ultimately attracted thousands of fans.
The band performed at many concerts and music festivals in Hà Nội, HCM City and other provinces, including the National Pop- Rock Music Festival in 1994 and Đồi Hoa Vàng Rock Festival in 1997 in HCM City.
Their songs were about love, friendship, pollution and the consequences of heroin usage.
In 2010, Da Vàng disbanded, and Nhã later opened his own studio to offer music training for students and young artists.
"Rock music seems too strong for some Vietnamese people. My goal is to compose rock songs suited to the character and lifestyles of the young," he said. — VNS